Why I Serve: Officer Edward Martinez of Fort Worth Police Department

In honor of National Police Week, meet one of the men protecting our streets.

By Edward Martinez Published on May 18, 2017

My name is Officer Edward Martinez. I am a Fort Worth police officer. I have been a police officer for 14 years, but it sure has not felt like it’s been that long. I still enjoy being a police officer as much as I did when I started.

I decided I wanted to be a police officer because I felt this job would be fun and exciting, never the same thing. And I get to carry a gun. Who doesn’t like that? As it turns out it has been fun, exciting and I do get to carry a gun. It’s fun getting to chase a criminal and catch them. Knowing they did not get away and now are going to pay for the crime they committed is what makes police work fun.

I made the right decision to become a police officer. I get to meet different people daily, I get to put criminals in jail and I get to help out someone that needs help. And I get to carry a gun.

I enjoy that on each call I go on I meet different types of people. We, as officers, deal with good law-abiding citizens and we then deal with the criminals that don’t abide by the law. I enjoy meeting everyone, knowing I made a difference in their life. The criminals, well, usually they aren’t happy because they are going to jail or getting citations. The law-abiding citizens, they on the other hand are usually happy knowing I helped them with whatever issue they called about.

Another reason I enjoy being a police officer is because I enjoy making a difference. I like that I can help someone in the time of need if that means fixing a flat or putting someone in jail because they hurt someone. When I put someone in jail for assaulting someone it’s a good feeling knowing that the victim will now be safe, now that the offender is in jail.

I also like being a police officer because when I help a stranded motorist on the freeway it’s a good feeling knowing the citizen will make it home safely to their family.

I do this job to the best of my ability knowing that I will make a difference in someone’s life every day. I put on my uniform and leave my home not knowing what type of day I will have and that makes it exciting. I do know that I will do my best to keep everyone I meet safe and I will do whatever I can to help those that need assistance.

Being a police officer has been fun and exciting, and 14 years later I still enjoy the work. I will say I made the right decision to become a police officer. I get to meet different people daily, I get to put criminals in jail and I get to help out someone that needs help. And I get to carry a gun.

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